Mole Saga Continued

All summer long our Cape molerat has been cavorting happily about the garden. Judging from the amount of soil being pushed up, he must by now have at least a wife and several children.

Angry mutterings from the Chief Gardener have been steadily increasing. Clearly it was high time to investigate further mole deterrents. Poison is, of course, out of the question, so when we were told about an eco-friendly device called a Solar Moler, it seemed worth investigating. This solar-powered device generates vibrations every 30 seconds, stores enough solar energy during the day to keep running through the night and should be effective over a 500 to 600 square metre area. Apparently moles have a very acute sense of hearing and are sensitive to ground vibrations.

Solar Moler Photo: Margaret Richards
Solar Moler
Photo: Margaret Richards

The device has received a mixed reception in the Northern Hemisphere – maybe they don’t get enough sun. Some people say don’t waste your money – moles take no notice; while others claim that it works very well. The manufacturer claims that initially there could be a burst of increased mole activity – an expression of irritation or annoyance perhaps? But after about 7-14 days the moles should give up and move to quieter terrain.

It is now 19 days since our Solar Moler was set up, and so far there has been no new mole activity! Other creatures in the garden do not appear to have been affected, so perhaps this is the answer to our mole problem. It would be interesting to know if any other G@L members have tried out this device. Only time will tell as to how many bulbs were consumed by the mole family pre Solar Moler. So far this summer the main bulb enemy seems to have been the Amaryllis worm or Lily borer which has attacked our clivia and cyrtanthus bulbs – but that is another story!

Contributor: Leonie Twentyman-Jones


“Diggory Diggory Delvet!

A little old man in black velvet;

He digs and he delves –

You can see for yourselves

The mounds dug by Diggory Delvet.”

From Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes ~ Beatrix Potter